All of this was copied straight from https://github.com/michaeljsmalley/dotfiles I would have forked his repo if I wanted to deal with the hassle of only pulling in his script & readme but not his dotfiles
This repository includes all of my custom dotfiles. They should be cloned to
your home directory so that the path is
~/dotfiles/. The included setup
script creates symlinks from your home directory to the files which are located
The setup script is smart enough to back up your existing dotfiles into a
~/dotfiles_old/ directory if you already have any dotfiles of the same name as
the dotfile symlinks being created in your home directory.
I also prefer
zsh as my shell of choice. As such, the setup script will also
oh-my-zsh repository from my GitHub. It then checks to see if
is installed. If
zsh is installed, and it is not already configured as the
default shell, the setup script will execute a
chsh -s $(which zsh). This
changes the default shell to zsh, and takes effect as soon as a new zsh is
spawned or on next login.
So, to recap, the install script will:
- Back up any existing dotfiles in your home directory to
- Create symlinks to the dotfiles in
~/dotfiles/in your home directory
- Clone the
oh-my-zshrepository from my GitHub (for use with
- Check to see if
zshis installed, if it isn't, try to install it.
- If zsh is installed, run a
chsh -sto set it as the default shell.
git clone git://github.com/michaeljsmalley/dotfiles ~/dotfiles cd ~/dotfiles ./makesymlinks.sh
Remember to close the terminal and open it again. Last time I forgot to do this and
:PluginInstall did not work in Vim. I ended up running
git clone https://github.com/VundleVim/Vundle.vim.git ~/.vim/bundle/Vundle.vim to get it to work.